What is the Teesdale Film Project
Beginning in 2013 with a working title of "Teesdale through the Seasons", the project was an opportunity to explore the cyclical nature of life within the dale. Over 18 months, with the support of Artworks in Teesdale and funded through the Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership, emerging filmmaker Rupert Ludlow has developed an aesthetic relationship between the ever-changing landscape and the lives of those that bear witness to it.
Rupert’s concept was to interpret the working title with 4 distinct voices - a human representation of the seasons. Each narrator has spent their life in Teesdale, all with unique, intimate relationships with the landscape: a farmer, a landscape artist, a community worker/green activist, and a botanist. Spanning the gender, age range and experiences and with Rupert’s gentle probing these four describe their very personal attitude towards this remarkable area. Combined with stunning visual images from both Rupert and collaborator Oliver Smith, the results are both moving and beautiful.
Rupert who, as well as working with film creates music, has captured the sounds of Teesdale, using the elements, the movement of trees, plants, rain and fire to build a haunting soundscape that weaves together voice and image.
As well as the main feature “Heart of Teesdale”, Rupert has created 4 stand-alone short films that follow the seasons and begin to reveal some of the secrets of this little known landscape.